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Seeing hot air balloons for the first time

March 17, 2015

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Do you remember when you were a kid? When life was exciting, bright, every day you discovered something new. When was the last time you’ve learned something new? When was the last time you’ve experienced something for the first time?

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I like playing this game of “if I were to leave KL (or any other city I happened to live at) in a month, what would I do?” This makes me live, experience, play, visit places I wanted to visit and not wait for when “the time is right”.

IMHot air balloon festival 2015 via TinyBlackBird.comG_9123Same happened this weekend when Anton, our friend Sep and I went to Putrajaya for a hot air balloon fiesta.

IMGHot air balloon festival 2015 via TinyBlackBird.com_9133We reached there by 7am on a clear Sunday morning. It was, like all the right, spontaneous and “meant to be” experiences, effortless. Hot air balloon festival 2015 via TinyBlackBird.comThe balloons were getting ready and boy were they big! Pictures cannot show how huge and impressive the sight was. I think it’s probably the same with the mountains – a photo never shows the grandness of the breathtaking view.

Accompanied by Katty Perry’s “Roar” the first balloon went up.

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I can’t describe this. Sep helped. I shared how excited I feel watching these odd objects, bright, colourful, effortlessly floating in air. He said: “When you are a child, doing or seeing something new for the first time takes time for your brain needs to digest all the new information and it gets active and you are excited”. Something between the lines of: “We, as adults, are not doing enough new things so that function of our brains is not exercised”.

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Hence the excitement. I think it was it – the feeling of doing something new, the childish joy of discovery. I was jumping around, I was so happy there in that moment.

By the way, meet Sep. He’s a writer, wanderer, a summit poet rebel and a very beautiful soul.

Hot air balloon festival 2015 via TinyBlackBird.com

Hot air balloon festival 2015 via TinyBlackBird.com

Hot air balloon festival 2015 via TinyBlackBird.com

Hot air balloon festival 2015 via TinyBlackBird.com

Hot air balloon festival 2015 via TinyBlackBird.com

Hot air balloon festival 2015 via TinyBlackBird.com

Hot air balloon festival 2015 via TinyBlackBird.com

Hot air balloon festival 2015 via TinyBlackBird.com

I will leave you with this. Do something new, experience things you have never done, taste new food, experiment, take a new route to work, sneak out to the café during lunch, take your book and nothing else, just be there, present.

There are so many things you could do. Join me. I’m trying to do/learn/taste/see something new every day. It’s fun. It gives you the taste of living and puts you into living now, being present. And it’s simply very exciting.

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And go see the hot air balloons as soon as you can. They are beautiful.

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Sending you lots of love,

Olya

 

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